Space is only noise if you can see: An anthem for panarchism

I knew there was a reason why I love Nico Jaar’s music so much.

For me, this song is about the futility of political borders; or rather, visible, territorial ones. Then, is it any wonder territorially-sovereign-monpolistic-majoritarian-democratic states suppress informational signals? Inquisitive minds will get my drift, but I’ll add a fuller interpretation to this post when I get the time.

For now, meditate on these lyrics and let your mind wander. “Space is only noise if you can see” – whatever could that mean?

Space is only noise if you can see
See I want to write a story about two long lines
Two pretty lines that fall in love

Two little spaces they’re filled with echoes
One pointed up in to space
Did the lines ever intersect – one another – at a moment in time?

Have you always crossed like this
Have you always crossed like this
Have you been this way all the time – or were you always trying to get here with me?

With me?
With me?
With me?

You used to check the weather
Now you stopped that
You used to look at time
Now you stopped that
You used to wear red
Now you wear white
What happens all the time – it happens all the time
Replace the word ‘space’ with a drink and forget it
Space is only noise if you can see

Grab a calculator and fix yourself
Grab a calculator and fix yourself
Read the news baby, read the news
Watch your clock baby, watch your clock
Watch the weather baby, on TV
It’s all together you can see

Replace the word ‘space’ with a drink and forget it
Space is only noise if you can see
See I want to write a story about two long lines – two lines
Two pretty lines that fall apart
Two little spaces they’re filled with echoes
One pointing up in to space
Did the lines ever intersect – one another – at a moment in time?

Have you always crossed like this
Have you always crossed like this
Have you been this way all the time – or were you always trying to get here with me?

(Repeat…)

Space is only noise if you can see
Space is only noise if you can see
Space is only noise if you can see
Space is only noise if you can see
Space is only noise if you can see

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